Originally Posted by slaWter
Well the reviewers performed their sound tests usually on a table without a case and the sensor just a few cm away from the fan.
It might be a completely different story when the card is in your case, 1-2m away under the table. The card might not sound as loud to you anymore. Besides your "distracted" by the ingame sound anyway.
Plus some review sound tests were just stupid, like over at HardOCP.
Yes that is true. All the reviews I read had pictures of the Mic's right next to the video card. That in itself is insane, every card would be loud like that. The simple truth is inside that case, they aren't loud at all if your case has adequate cooling.